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Enclosure and Transgression: Locating the Border in Detention

Feb 11, 2014, 1:30pm-3pm

Speaker: Alison Mountz, Canada Research Chair in Global Migration, Balsillie School of International Affairs, and professor of geography and environmental studies at Wilfrid Laurier University.

This presentation maps the border as a topological form in detention facilities. This mapping exposes both confining and transgressive practices in relation to migrants and migration. Border enforcement produces isolation, and these forms of isolation proliferate in detention facilities on islands.

This presentation will explore a range of practices of enclosure on islands, alongside collaborative efforts to subvert them, carried out by people located both inside and outside of island facilities. Data will be presented from field research on Australia's Christmas Island, Italy's Lampedusa and US territories of Guam and Saipan.


Location:749 Kaneff Tower
Sponsor:YCISS, Critical Border Studies Speaker Series
Posted by:Chris Hendershot
Web Sitehttp://yciss.info.yorku.ca/?p=2362
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